From campaigns to ban plastic straws and single-use plastic to the rise of vegan restaurants in the capital, sustainability is an important issue in public consciousness.
The events industry is no exception, from recycling to environmentally friendly exhibition stands, event professionals are increasingly looking for ways to make their events more sustainable.
One venue that is way ahead of the pack is The Crystal, that was opened by Siemens in 2012 as a global hub for debate on sustainable living and development through projects and an interactive exhibition.
The venue practices what it preaches too, as the only building in the world to achieve the highest certification in both the BREEAM and LEED schemes as well as the highest energy efficiency and CO2 standards.
The Crystal is an all-electric building that uses solar power and a ground source heat pump to generate its own energy, as well as incorporating rainwater harvesting and black water treatment.
The venue is also a state-of-the-art events venue with seven fully equipped multi-purpose meeting rooms boasting panoramic views over the Royal Victoria Docks.
Perfect for corporate events and conferences, The Crystal also boasts a high-tech Auditorium for up to 270 delegates that can be combined with The Street for drinks receptions and break-out space.
The space is also well-suited to award ceremonies and product launches, that can be brought to life by the in-house AV team and award-winning caterers.
And it doesn't end there, The Crystal also has a beautiful Restaurant and Outside Space that makes the very most of the stunning views over the docks, ideal for summer celebrations.
So, if you're looking for a sustainable and versatile venue for your next event then you may have just found the one.
To find out more about sustainable events, listen to our EventLAB Podcast interview with Selina Donald, co-founder of The Bulb.